I intend to regularly post written articles and factoids from around the world for your entertainment LiveLeakers !
I do not have any merits for the content, since I mostly inspired myself
( very directly or not ) from the L'Actualité magazine, published in
french throughout Canada.
I apologize in advance for any imperfect translation, though I feel the
spirit and the overall sens of these articles are well respected.
Many of these articles ( if not all ) can be found in their original state, in french, at www(.)lactualite(.)com
The black cent, the most unpopular coin.
At the Moussette store, in Montréal, they said goodbye to the ''black
cent''. In this hardware store they, from now on, propose price tag (
tax included ) to the nearest 5 cents. '' I was tired of having to run
for change'' says the proprietor. His initiative, according to his
saying, did not upset any customers. At the end of the year 2010, the
senate recommended to abolish the copper coin, stating it's obvious low
buying power and the 1,5 cents it costs to produce one. The finance
minister ( secretary ) Jim Flaherty, is studying the question since. (
sarcasm ). Australia, among other nations, had choose to eliminate the
one cent coin since 1992, like New-Zeland which has gone further and
removed the 5 cents too in 2006.
'' I don't think Québec has known a bigger day in it's history since the coming of Jacques Cartier ! ''
Marcel Aubut, march 1979 , talking about the Nordiques making their debut in the NHL.
'' Everything is a hundred times better when cooked in a microwave oven ! ''
- Jehane Benoit, february 1985- , know for her cooking books.
Sugar content, measured in cubic centimetre, of diverse regular sized beverages
- Energy drink : 14 cubes
- Cola ( coke ) : 17 cubes
- Slush : 24 !! cubes
- sport drink ( gatorade) : 10 cubes
- Iced Cappuccino : 16 cubes
Go ahead and try to eat only 5 sugar cubes without feeling nauseous. If it was not for the phosphoric acid present in most of the above beverage, a normal person would find it difficult to drink them to the last drop.
La Joconde, or le Jocond ?
Italian researchers are trying to prove that the model who inspired La
Joconde was a man! They want to reconstruct the face of Lisa Gherardini
-considered to be the real Joconde- and demonstrate that it does not
resemble the one painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. To do so, the team of
experts must first find Lisa's skull, that is probably buried in a
Florence's crypt. For now, two female skeletons have been exhumed.
Their DNA will soon be compared to those of the Gherardini's living
relatives. People at the Italian National Committee for the Promotion
of the Cultural Heritage say they have clues, that lead them to believe
that the person painted on the famous artwork, could be Gian Giacomo
Caprotti, Da Vinci's presumed lover. Caprotti served as a model for
numerous painting of the master, like on the Saint-Jean-Baptiste one,
where the similarities are stunning.
It took six days for the Brit Malcolm West to glue one by one the 10,000
jelly beans required to complete this portrait of Marilyn Monroe. The
artist who has already done similar work representing Madonna, Elvis,
prince Charles and Kate Middleton, has installed his latest work in a
British candy store.
It's getting cold
According to a survey by The Telegram of St John's,
Newfoundland, two people out of three do not approve the name given to
the city new hockey team.... the IceCaps. They say the name remind them
too much of the icebergs and even more the iced capp(uccino) sold at
Too cute to eat?
A booming business in the Philippines: the canine spa, where
Fido can receive pedicures and other care. Paradoxically, the dog is an
appreciated meal in numerous regions of this country. At least 500,000
dogs are killed annually for food according to some local animal rights
Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street...straight or gay ? Without
gender and simply roommate have stated the creators of this popular TV
show for kids. 9000 people had signed an electronic petition asking that
the two puppets get married on air. '' Even if they look like males,
they remain, simply and plainly puppets and thus they do not have sexual
orientation.''( Duh ) said a representative from the producing company,
even if some saw a positive gay symbol in there.
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